| May 16, 2024

E T Consultant – Financial Analyst

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Website International Finance Corporation

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2023, IFC committed a record $43.7 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

The IFC Controllers Department is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing IFC’s Financial Operations (loan, equity, and short-term finance operations, and back-office treasury support operations), Financial Reporting (including reporting and analysis, portfolio review, investment accounting and accounting policy), Internal Controls, and Financial Integration, Systems, and Projects. The Department comprises approximately 140 diverse and highly skilled staff, based in Washington DC, and Chennai.

The Reporting and Analysis unit (CNTRA) within the Controllers Department is responsible for preparing timely and accurate periodic financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders and facilitating the external audit and issuance of audit and review opinions by the external auditors on IFC’s annual and quarterly financial statements. The CNTRA unit ensures the integrity of the financial ledgers and financial information. Unit is responsible for coordination of the monthly closing process, including advising and liaising with the decentralized accounting business units. The reporting and Analysis team also works with other units in determining the impact of new and proposed accounting standards and new complex transactions in Financial Statements and Management reports.

CNTRA has co-located some aspects of its work program to IFC’s Chennai Office (CNTCO), which have recruited staff in the IFC Financial Reporting team (CNTFM) to deliver this work program. The position will report to the Team Lead of the CNTFM Financial reporting unit in Chennai.
IFC Controllers Department is seeking an Extended Term Consultant in the CNTFM unit in Chennai to help support all functions described above, including the preparation of IFC’s quarterly and annual financial reporting, performing analytical review of business unit results for management reporting, creation of efficiencies through automation and streamlining of deliverables, and participating in testing and implementation of new enhancements.

The successful candidate is expected to have exposure to accounting developments and be proactive in responding to the rapidly changing accounting and business environment. The selected candidate will be required to work across team functions and become a fully functional team member within a short timeframe. He /She should be able to establish productive relationships with staff at all levels within the team and across various units of IFC.



Roles and Responsibilities

The Consultant will work as part of a team of professionals to fulfill the IFC Financial Reporting team’s (CNTFM) mandate. This role requires frequent interaction with internal counterparts in Controllers, WBG Finance and Accounting (WFA), Budget and Business Administration (CBA), Treasury, Information Technology (ITS and CIT), Internal Controls, and external auditors. Her/his tasks and responsibilities will include but are not limited to.

•  Support the monthly closing process, including reviewing financial results for reasonableness, and performing other control activities.
•  Assist with the preparation, review, and filing of the quarterly and annual MD&A and financial statements, including disclosures and various Management reports.
•  Perform analytical reviews, including researching and documenting significant fluctuations in balance sheet and income statement accounts, performing reasonableness checks, and other ad hoc analysis.
•  Perform analyses of the impact of market movements (i.e., interest rates, exchange rates, etc.) on the IFC’s portfolios / financial instruments (e.g., IFC debt portfolio, equity investments, borrowings, and liquid assets).
•  Develop and implement automation solutions to streamline and enhance our financial closing and reporting processes.
•  Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including IT, Finance, and Compliance, to ensure alignment and integration of automation initiatives.
•  Participate in the testing and implementation of new features or enhancements to existing accounting and reporting systems.
•  Work on Adhoc tasks assigned by Supervisors to meet any urgent deliverables


Selection Criteria


•  Qualified Accountants (CA/CPA/ACCA). A bachelor’s / advanced degree in a related field will be a plus.
•  Minimum of 3 years of post-qualification experience in similar or complementary roles is required.
•  Strong background in Office 365 products & relevant experience in scripting languages would be preferred.
•  Experience in providing low code/no code solutions by leveraging technology for working with large databases coming from multiple systems
•  Knowledge and experience with US GAAP/IFRS with specific regards to financial products (e.g., loans, equity investments, bonds, swaps, options), product life cycles and legal structures that may have accounting ramifications would be a plus.
•  Excellent analytical skills.  The ability to develop and apply methodologies to test and explain changes in financial trends and results using computer-assisted techniques.
•  Understand accounting information flows across multiple systems (corporate centralized databases, accounting subsystems and general ledger, MIS etc.)
•  Demonstrated ability to learn new technology quickly and effectively use it for maximum productivity. Knowledge of SAP will be an advantage.



Controllers Department Competencies

•  Client Understanding and Advising: Advises the clients and helps them think proactively about how to best meet their current and future needs, taking into considerations the real underlying issues. Works across CNT and with other VPUs to define client needs and develop the right solutions to meet those needs. PLUS: Provides recommendations to multiple VPUs that can add value to customers beyond normal offerings.

•  Broad Business Thinking: Maintains an in-depth understanding of key business issues. Sets clear explanations for the integration and alignment of CNT solutions with business functions. PLUS: consider WBG-wide implications in decision-making to ensure consistency across WBG. Sponsors long-term VPU-wide initiatives.

•  Information Technology and Systems: Demonstrates understanding of the functions and operations of pertinent IT systems and applications. Provides inputs to IT systems improvement efforts based on day-to-day working experience and knowledge of the systems.

•  Analytical Thinking: Coordinates the information gathering and reporting process. Reviews trends and compares to expectations. Analyzes to define problems and prepares responses to anticipated questions.

•  Policies and Procedures: Demonstrates detailed knowledge of policies and procedures in related fields.

•  Risks and Controls: Leads by example and serves as good practice champion in completing internal control procedures, including understanding impact beyond own immediate functional areas.

•  Communication: Adapts the communication style appropriate for the intended audience. Adopts an inclusive approach to communication as is appropriate to the situation, so as to ensure adequate partner participation. Presents information effectively and encourages feedback.

•  Project Management: Understands and utilizes the concepts of project management, as they relate to implementation of a project.




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